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Ernest Rudolph BESSEN

Regimental number808
Place of birthPort Germein, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressPort Germein, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25.3
Height5' 9.5"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Louisa Bessen, Port Germein, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 February 1915
Place of enlistmentPort Pirie, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Napier', 12 May 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 13 August 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death24 August 1954
Place of burialAIF Cemetery, West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, BESSEN Ernest Rudolph

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